ECP likely to announce the Election Schedule
The anticipated schedule for the upcoming general elections in Pakistan is expected to be disclosed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during the initial week of December 2023, as per reports from ARY News, citing inside sources. Alongside this schedule, the ECP is also poised to reveal the specific date for the forthcoming polls. This development marks a significant step in the democratic process within Pakistan.
According to information provided by sources within the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the forthcoming elections will be conducted simultaneously across the nation, encompassing the central government and all four provincial regions.
Nevertheless, it is crucial to underscore that the sole authority to officially announce the election date resides with the ECP. This decision represents a pivotal moment in the lead-up to the elections, with a focus on transparency and accountability.
Earlier, President Arif Alvi had proposed November 6, 2023, as the designated date for Pakistan's general elections in a letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner. President Alvi's rationale for this timing was rooted in the dissolution of the National Assembly on August 9, 2023, based on the Prime Minister's advice.
The Constitution of Pakistan grants the president the authority to proclaim an election date "not later than ninety days from the date of the dissolution of the assembly." As a result, the election is slated to be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, marking a significant constitutional milestone.
This announcement serves as the culmination of a protracted and extensive debate spanning several months, which revolved around the question of whether the President or the ECP holds the rightful authority to announce the date for the impending polls.
The resolution of this matter represents a vital aspect of Pakistan's democratic processes and reinforces the importance of adhering to the constitutional framework.